In the News Today - September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 | News and Blog

The Oklahoman editorial board notes the state's improved ranking (33rd) in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate rankings, writing, "Oklahoma is improving its national reputation regarding lawsuit issues at a time when such issues are growing in importance to businesses." (The Oklahoman) Read More »

In the News Today - September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 | News and Blog

"The Justice Department wants the message to go out that federal prosecutors will be taking aim at executives" as part of a new enforcement policy that requires companies to identify every employee within the company that may be involved in infractions alleged by prosecutors. (New York Times) Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

In The News Today - March 6, 2015

March 06, 2015 | News and Blog

"It's all about bringing transparency," said ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim, commenting on Arizona House Bill 2603. The bill requires plaintiffs' attorneys to disclose whether they have already or plan to seek damages from bankruptcy trusts established by asbestos-related companies. Read More »

Lawsuit Lending: South Carolina Calls It Like It Is

November 25, 2014 | News and Blog

A recent ruling from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs means the Palmetto State is joining several other states by calling lawsuit loans what they are under state law: a loan subject to state consumer credit laws. Read More »

In The News Today - November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 | News and Blog

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has ruled that "entities that fund litigation in exchange for a piece of any recovery (i.e., third-party litigation financers, lawsuit lenders and litigation funders) are providing loans" and must comply with state law governing loans. Read More »

In the News Today - March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014 | News and Blog

South Carolina was ranked 39th in ILR's 2012 survey of the 50 states' legal system, but an op-ed in The State says that lawsuit reforms to address the hiring of outside counsel and landowner liability "can restore faith and integrity in the state's civil justice system - at no expense to the taxpayer." Read More »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 2012 | Research

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »

2011 Legal Reform Awards Presented at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit

October 26, 2011 | Video

At the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011, the Annual Legal Reform Awards were presented to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (State Leadership Award), the Business Council of Alabama (Outstanding Organization Award), and John H. Beisner, Practice Co-Leader, Mass Torts/Insurance Litigation Practice Area, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Research & Policy Award). Watch »

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's Keynote Address at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit

October 26, 2011 | Video

The Honorable Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, delivered the keynote address at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011. She was introduced by Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Watch »